St Andrew, Walney, Presbyterian
The Presbyterian Church was built in 1907, at a cost of about £3,000, raised by subscriptions. A special feature of the interior is a painting of the Last Supper, a copy of Vinci's famous picture, executed by a member of the congregation, Mr. A. H. Taylor. The present Minister, the Rev. Alexander Brown, M.A., was appointed on March 4th, 1909, he being the first Minister since the Church became a sanctioned charge. Previously to his appointment, the duties of the pulpit were discharged, sometimes by Ministers, and at other times by Probationers.
Bulmer's History, Topography, and Directory of Furness and Cartmel, 1911
The church was built and opened in 1908 or early 1909 on one of the four sites which were intended for the nonconformist denominations, during the construction of the Vickerstown Estates.
It linked with Trinity Presbyterian Church, Barrow, 1960, to form the Furness Presbyterian Church. Joined with Emmanuel Congregational Church to form the Furness United Reformed Church in 1971. It closed in 1977.
An offer from the Jehovah's Witnesses for the purchase of the building was accepted in 1979, and it was subsequently transformed into the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. This has now closed and the building has been coverted into housing.
The Presbyterian church was influenced by Calvinism which rejected bishops and believed that the church should be governed by a hierarchy of general assembly, synod, presbytery and kirk sessions attened by ministers and elders of equal rank. Presbyterianism flourished in the 17th and early 18th centuries but in the later 18th century many Presbyterian churches adopted Unitarianism.
In 1972 the Presbyterian Church of England merged with the Congregational Church to form the United Reformed Church.
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The Cumbria Record Office, Barrow hold:
- Baptisms 1909-1958
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